Laos highlights tour, 10 days
US $900ToUS $910 excluding flights
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Description of Laos highlights tour, 10 days
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1 Reviews of Laos highlights tour, 10 days
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2020 by Susan Sargeant
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Five days spent in Luang Prabang. So much to see and do. A delightful town.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
The three hotels we stayed in were fairly basic, but that was the choice of the tour company. There were plenty of other inexpensive hotels to choose from in Vietenne, Vang Vieng and Lang Prabang
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes, though we were supplied with so many plastic water bottles though most hotels had large water containers in their lobbies
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Excellent, but the highlights for me were the outings I arranged for myself in free time
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetIn contrast to its neighbours, Laos is still relatively little-visited so the income we bring to this area really helps local development; particularly as we use locally owned services throughout the tour. This trip blends some of the country's stand-out highlights with travel through more rural areas and past rural communities. We visit Luang Prabang - a city so beautiful that it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, meaning our entrance fees contribute directly to the upkeep of this special destination.
Laos's towns and cities are relatively small in scale and therefore are ideal places to explore on foot. On this trip we explore each destination on foot, allowing us to get closer to the action and reducing our impact on the environment.
When coaches are being used to travel between destinations, we keep the size of the coach to a minimum, so rather than using gas guzzling 40-50 seaters we opt for more environmental friendly 15-25 seat coaches that use less fuel and therefore admit less carbon.
As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.
PeopleDue to the continual aerial bombardment during the Vietnam War, Laos is the most-bombed country in the world. Many of the bombs dropped didn’t detonate, and unexploded ordinance (UXO) is a real danger to everyday life in parts of Laos. On this trip we visit the COPE museum in Vientiane whose excellent work includes increasing public awareness around UXOs and helping to provide prosthetic limbs to the many landmine victims. By visiting we will contribute directly to the fantastic work being done here, and we hope to be able to spread awareness of the blight of landmines in Laos.
When amongst the rural communities, we’ve factored in time to get the chance to meet the local people, learn about their traditions and daily life and interact with them in a manner which is both insightful yet respectful. Your local tour leader will be a great facilitator in this regard. Buying crafts directly from them cuts out the middle man and enables them to supplement their income in an area where the economic opportunities are few.
We are always very sensitive to the impacts of visiting rural communities. One of the reasons we prefer to use local tour leaders is they can give a real insight into the local culture; anything from learning about the education system, to making sure we don’t fall foul of any taboos. It is our policy to generate business and employment opportunities in the countries we travel to by employing local people. All our leaders in Laos are locals and we’ve trained them all too so they are comfortable in their work and you get great service.
As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.
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